So, I’ve all of the sudden had my love and passion for reading reignited. I kind of knew that the whole transitioning to a new job and being a working mom thing would be stressful and time consuming so I sort of gave myself the past two months to adjust, without a lot of attention to my reading. I kept up with my book club’s selections but all of the sudden, I want more. In the past week, I’ve purchased 2 ebooks and joined audible.com.
(I’m blaming Lisa Bloom. If you haven’t, read Think. Just do it. I’m trying to write a cohesive post about it but I KNOW it’s the motivating force behind my renewed energetic reading.)
Where was I? Ah yes. So, I joined Audible.com and get a free month and a free download. I’d been hearing a lot of lukewarm sentiments about our March book club book (Violets of March) so I thought, why not listen to it? I think I’d only ever listened to Tuesdays with Morrie while driving cross country in, like, 2002. So yeah, it’s been a while.
I am exploring ways to fit in extra reading, and since I run a lot I’m trying to listen & run. I’ve only done it once, but I have to say I liked it! Even with the crappiest book ever written. (Ok, overstatement, but it’s really not great. Anyone passing me on the greenway would see me either rolling my eyes or smirking… it’s predictable and very unimaginatively written.) I’m very much looking forward to reading a good book next. I was afraid it’d make me run slower, but it was pretty much exaclty the same pace as I’d been doing before and if anything I was more engaged.
Although, I am sacrificing some thinking time. But I can always turn it off if I need that time back.
Some observations (& questions:)
- I tried to synch the audible file onto my iPod but something didn’t work there. I tried to listen to Chapter 1 and it started playing Chapter 11. So that was weird. I’ve been listening through the app on my iPhone, which works wonderfully but is KILLING my battery. Still working out the kinks in the technology.
- Are ALL audio books annoyingly narrarated? The reader for this one is trying to “do voices” for all the characters which is annoying, especially since there are several men and old people. Anyone with audio book experience have thoughts here?
- I was so excited! I swam this morning and I always dread getting ready in the locker room and having to listen to stupid HLN proffering their “news” (LIVE outside the morgue where Whitney Houston is! <- Not news. Anyway.) but today! I listened to my iPhone. Even listening to a mediocre book enhances boring hairdrying.
- OH, and I’ve found a way to increase the narrator’s speed. So even though she’s annoying, she’s at least talking faster and hopefully I can move on with my life sooner.
All in all, loving the new addition to my reading agenda. Just have to figure out what’s next. Any suggestions?
Oh, and in ebook form, I’m reading The Fault In Our Stars. GO READ THIS BOOK. Amazing. I’m loving it 🙂